Have you been eating more than normal, lately? Most people have. Holiday indulgences are in full swing...between rich party food, dinners and piles of seasonal comfort foods.
Today I'd like to be brutally honest with you about the food abuse that is so rampant today, and I certainly hope that it doesn't offend you.
Sure, I could write you a 'feel good' article about cutting back a few calories and exercising a few more minutes each day, but I'd rather write something that's truly helpful and will make a difference in your life.
Here's the real deal: You abuse food.
That's right. You're overweight because you eat too much, and you eat too much because it brings immediate pleasure.
It's time to admit that this pleasure comes at high price...
You've heard dishes being referred to as 'comfort food' - some restaurants even have an entire section of their menu designated as comfort food. But comfort food is more than just a hearty dish...
- It's those extra calories that you eat to feed an emotional need rather than a nutritional need.
- It's excessively big portions that leave you stuffed.
- It's high calorie snacks.
- It's sugary treats.
- It's fried, cheese-smothered appetizers.
- It's whatever you indulge in with mindless munching.
Think of the last time you ate for pleasure rather than nourishment. Why'd you do it?
Out of Habit: Your body loves routine. If you always snack while watching television then you'd probably find it hard to relax without going through that munching motion. The good news is that once you break the cycle your body will quickly adapt to a healthier routine.
To Change Your Mood: Does the thought of a cupcake bring a smile to your lips? How about a large pizza to lift your mood? Pay attention to the emotions that trigger you to overeat - you may be surprised how often you use food to feel better.
Because Everyone's Doing It: Who can resist comfort food when it's offered among friends? Peer pressure doesn't just apply to teenagers - it's another reason to overeat. Remember that true friends will support your decision to refrain.
Can you remember how you felt after you last filled up on comfort food? If you're honest, you'll admit that the stuffed and bloated feeling was downright awful. So why do it?
- Come on, where have your eating habits gotten you?
- Into clothes that are a few sizes larger.
- Drained and with less energy than ever before.
- Plagued with health concerns and prescriptions.
- Embarrassed and frustrated with your body.
It's your brain. Once you've made up your mind, for better or for worse, you can bet that your body will obey your decision to the letter. You've proven it time and time again.
So make the decision to give up your unhealthy dependence on comfort food.
There is no better time than now.